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The Freak Show takes place in a basement home theatre somewhere in Rockford, IL, USA, where a group of characters gather to share dinner and a movie or two of mostly exploitation, horror, sci-fi and cult cinema.

The Freak Show takes place in a basement home theatre somewhere in Rockford, IL, USA, where a group of characters gather to share dinner and a movie or two of mostly exploitation, horror, sci-fi and cult cinema.
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The Freak Show takes place in a basement home theatre somewhere in Rockford, IL, USA, where a group of characters gather to share dinner and a movie or two of mostly exploitation, horror, sci-fi and cult cinema.




The Meg (2018)

Holly goes chumming for a giant prehistoric shark in the action-thriller The Meg (2018), a tale of a hungry megalodon, which has survived for thousands of years at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, that gets loose thanks to some meddling deep-sea scientists. Man-of-action Jason Statham is called in to track and kill the fearsome beast before it can make lunch out of hundreds of Chinese beachgoers. Listen as we consider the film's troubled production history, contemplate all the killer shark...


The Boy Next Door (2015)

Michaela might like to live next to The Boy Next Door (2015), as long as he doesn't turn out to be a raving psychopath! Unfortunately for Jennifer Lopez, she doesn't have that kind of luck. Teacher J Lo has one night stand with the 19-year-old next door neighbor/student and quickly comes to regret it as he turns out to be a unhinged nutball. Listen as we pine for the return of the erotic thriller genre, consider the career longevity of director Rob Cohen, and imagine the process to get...


Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

Kolin kontends with Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)! In this pastiche of 1950's-era alien invasion flicks, clown-like creatures from space arrive in a small American town and begin luring and trapping the citizenry using circus-inspired gags including cotton candy cocoons and lethal popcorn guns, while two lovebirds try to get the authorities to believe and assist them in stopping the killer clowns before it's too late. Listen as we prattle on about the Chidodo Brothers, clown gags,...


Hercules (1983)

Michaela parts the continents, brings down the wrath of the gods, and tosses bears into space alongside Hercules (1983), starring Lou ("The Incredible Hulk") Ferrigno as the musclebound hero. In this unholy alliance between Cannon Films and Italian genre cinema, Starcrash director Luigi Cozzi guides Hercules through his 12 labors, complete with power swords, laser beams, robot monsters, scantily clad ladies, and feats of strength. Listen as we marvel at the adventures of the mighty...


The Last Exorcism (2010)

Holly tries to cast out the Devil (and his junior partner Abalam) using The Last Exorcism (2010). A documentary film crew follows a charismatic preacher who has fallen from grace and now intends to expose exorcism as hokum; but, of course, the remote farm he's summoned to may be home to real demonic evil after all. Listen as we dive in to the Freak Show's first found-footage movie and talk about demons, religion, and giant sharks on this week's exciting episode!


I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

Sean uses the word "nostalgia" one time too many in his review of I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) as a quartet of Hollywood up-and-comers, including Jennifer Love Hewitt and Sarah Michelle Gellar, appear in this Scream-style "diet" slasher movie in which they are each stalked by a killer in a fisherman's getup as payback for a murder they covered up the year before. Listen as we try to work out some slasher-movie logic, connect dots between performers in 1990's TV shows, and admire...


Alligator (1980)

Colin discovers there really are giant alligators living in the sewers in the monster movie Alligator (1980), which finds cop Robert Forster hunting down the 25 foot long beast that ate his partner. Said gator had been down in the sewers eating disposed of test animals from a pharmaceutical company, and all hell breaks loose when it comes above ground and starts chomping its way through the mean streets of the city! Listen as we talk about receding hairlines, live animals on miniature...


Double Impact (1991)

Holly thinks the only actor good enough to star opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme is Jean-Claude Van Damme in Double Impact (1991), which finds the action star stretching his acting muscles to play two brothers - separated at birth - who meet up in Hong Kong to get revenge for their parents' murder. Listen as we talk about Hollywood's history of actors acting opposite themselves, the weirdness of neon-lit sex dreams, and reluctantly (accidentally?) add JCVD to the SNFS Wall of Fame, on this...


The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)

Michaela's chases her Cannon Films fixation directly into a chainsaw duel against The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986). It's 13 years later and the cannibalistic clan of psychos prowl the back roads of Texas, selling their own brand of BBQ and stalking a radio DJ while a vengeful ex-Texas Ranger named "Lefty" pursues them in order to meet out his own brand of justice. Listen as we ponder the cultural significance of the official sequel to one of the greatest horror films of all time, bask...


Shocking Dark (1989)

Sean gives up on life and happiness by subjecting himself and to the Italian-made Aliens/Terminator ripoff Shocking Dark (1989). Borrowing so liberally from James Cameron's films as so we're sure there was a lawsuit involved, a group of soldiers get trapped in a tunnel underneath futuristic Venice where slimy creatures are out to get them. And, there might be a Terminator. And time travel, too. Listen as we analyze the new Halloween trailer! But first, you have to listen to us talk about...


The Blob (1988)

Colin celebrates the 30th anniversary of the practical effects monster movie The Blob (1988). A meteor falls to earth carrying a sentient, gooey substance that grows larger by absorbing living organisms and soon grows large enough to threaten a small town. Only The Lesser Dillon and that girl from the Saw movies stand between humanity and a killer glob of alien goo in this sci-fi remake of the 50's classic. Listen as we talk about remakes, practical effects magic, and mullets on this...


Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo

Michaela finds the soul for getting down to Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984) a Cannon-produced cash-grab sequel with one of the most memorable titles in all of filmdom. In this musical adventure, our heroes Special K, Ozone and Turbo find that an evil corporate developer wants to install a shopping mall (gasp!) on the site of their community performance hall. What can be done to save the day? Put on a dance show, of course! Listen as we begin 2018's Summer of Cannon with our own sequel...


Samurai Cop (1991)

Holly is pretty sure the makers of Samurai Cop (1991) don't know anything about samurai, police procedure or the fundamentals of filmmaking. In a film that's become a cult classic because of its enthusiastic ineptitude, man-of-action and chick-magnet L.A. cop Joe "Samurai" Marshall becomes the target of the Japanese mob and leaves a trail of bodies across the city on a crusade to wipe out "drugs and destruction". Listen as we marvel at the lack of samurai cops, badly staged chase scenes,...


The Faculty (1998)

Sean begins to think that tiny, ear-burrowing aliens are taking over the world in The Faculty (1998), as director Robert Rodriguez assembles a who's-who of 1990's screen talent to perform in Scream-writer Kevin Williamson's mashup of Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Thing. Listen as we bring in a real-life teacher to confirm or deny the accuracy of onscreen events, talk about alien invasion movies, the curse of indie cinema directors, 90's wallpaper soundtracks and more on this...


Runaway (1984)

Sean sees a need for law enforcement to police renegade Roombas in Runaway (1984), a what-if futuristic scenario from writer/director Michael Crichton that finds domestic robots turned homicidal killers. TV's Magnum P.I. Tom Selleck leads the charge against evil chip manufacturer Gene Simmons, who does look very sinister in a suit and tie. Listen as we dog on the movie for where its future technological prognostications went wrong, recall the dread of being called on in class, and we...


Fear (1997)

Michaela remembers what it was like to be a teen girl in the 90's when she catches Fear (1997). Cute-as-a-button Reese Witherspoon falls in love with unhinged sociopath Mark Wahlberg who displays increasingly aggressive behavior until her father (William Petersen) gets into the mix, triggering a violent showdown between her family and Wahlberg's gang of thugs. Listen as we talk a walk on the wildside with the Funky Bunch and decide Wahlberg's definitely not giving off good vibrations in...


The Wraith (1986)

Sean is heaven-sent and hell on wheels after choosing to watch The Wraith (1986)! A murdered teen exacts revenge from beyond the grave on the street-racing gang who killed him after the netherworld outfits him with a sleek black racing suit and a Dodge Interceptor. Listen as we take a look back at one of the 80's-iest of 80's movies, fawn over the rock n' roll soundtrack, explosions, drag racing, and ghosts on this week's exciting show!


The Delta Force (1986)

Colin introduces the Freak Show crew to their first proper Chuck Norris movie, The Delta Force (1986). Norris teams up with tough guy Lee Marvin in Cannon Films' "this is how it should have ended" re-staging of the 1985 hijacking of TWA 847, only this time climaxing with America's decisive and explosive victory at the hands of the steely-eyed, quick-footed Chuckster and Co. Listen as we discuss terrorism-themed movies in a post-911 world, try to fathom the cult of personality that...


Drive Angry (2011)

Michaela finds that spending time watching Nicholas Cage movies makes her want to Drive Angry (2011)! Cage stars as a dead man who breaks out of Hell to pursue the cultists on Earth who have abducted, and plan to sacrifice, his granddaughter to Satan -- and to do that he's gonna need muscle cars, supernatural shotguns and Amber Heard. Listen as we discus improbable hairstyles, battle sex, and 3D eye-poking mayhem on this week's exciting show!


Sphere (1998)

Holly discovers that terror can come in any shape after watching Sphere (1998), an attempt by Hollywood's A-list to imbue geometric shapes with unworldly menace. After discovering an alien craft at the bottom of the ocean, the Navy recruits Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone and Samuel Jackson to investigate. Once in the murky depths, paranoia, hallucinations and death take hold. Listen as we try not to lose our own minds as we experience the Sphere-effect of retrograde amnesia while watching...